Tuesday, February 10, 2009

My First Rejection Letter!

As some of you may know, I sent a partial to an agent mid-November.  Well, after sending an update email about my experience at Big Sur and more waiting, I still have not heard a word.  Since this partial was not an exclusive request, I recently decided to get back in the query game.  And I must say, it's pretty fun and exciting!

I sent off a couple queries, one yesterday afternoon and one last night.  The one from last night responded by 9:30 this morning!  He said no (as you observant types may already have figured out based on the title of this post), but it was polite and personalized.

Now, why, you ask, do I seem so darned excited about getting a rejection letter?  Shouldn't I want to go crawl in a hole and weep miserably? Didn't I print out my manuscript, just so I could tear it to pieces, curse at it, and use it for kindling in the fireplace?  To which I say, heck no!  

Here's why:  First, the agent I sent to mostly works with older YA and adult, so it was kind of a long shot anyway; I just really like his blog and he seems like a great agent and person.  Second, after over two months of agony and eventual numbness in the waiting I've already done, the 14 hour turnaround was absolutely fabulous!  Quick and painless!  It felt awesome just to be affirmed that a great agent had at least read my query and written ME an email.  The process seems a lot more palpable now, too, like my quest to publication has truly begun and is actually happening.

Best "no" I've ever got....Forward!


Katie said...

Woo Hoo! Let's start a club. Just kiddin' - it would be too big :-)

Well I, for one, support you in your quest to sell that book! Best of luck! I literally can't wait for the day that you post, "I did it!!!!!"

Christy Raedeke said...

You have the *perfect* disposition for this business. Wish I were as resilient and positive as you!

Tyler said...

Thanks Christy! But hey and excuse me, you made it to the "Multiple Book Deal" portion of this path, so you've obviously got your own fair share of resilience and positivity.

Katie - seeing as how our first rejection letters came within a week of each other, I'm foreseeing our success dates will be equally similar in proximity...and that will be soon!

Hardygirl said...

I agree--the quick turnaround is nice (although, I've discovered that the quickies usually end up being rejections). But sometimes you just want to hear SOMETHING.

Keep us posted. We're all in this together (I realize that I just quoted High School Musical--maybe its time for some sleep!).


Tyler said...

Update: got number two, in a personal-best 11 hour turnaround from Stephen Barbara. I still have 4 more out there, though, so oh well but whatcha gonna do.